First time mother nerves. Big time.
But I looked around and suddenly had the realization that every single person I saw had a mother. I was not the first woman to do this whole thing. That gave me quite a bit of comfort!
As I start planning graduation parties and college preparations and a baby bird leaving the nest, I had that same realization. I am not the first mother to do this whole thing. Thinking back to how my own Mom helped me move to California, and left me in a strange city, waiting for my husband to come home from a Coast Guard patrol, and did it all in a such a way that I knew she would miss me but not feel an ache in her soul that her baby was old enough to try flight on fragile wings, I know that I can do this too.
I will smile and help pack and never let him know that when I look at him these days, all I see is the tiny baby we brought home only yesterday....how did 18 years go by so fast anyway?